570-Megapixel digital camera

The Dark Energy Camera is a 570-Megapixel digital camera (built at Fermilab) at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.   Image credit Fermilab.

Watch one of the first images from the world’s most powerful digital camera, after the jump, which is set to capture images from eight billion years ago.



 The spiral galaxy NGC 1365, in the Fornax cluster of galaxies

The spiral galaxy NGC 1365, in the Fornax cluster of galaxies, about 60 million light years from Earth, is one of the first images of the Dark Energy Camera.   Image credit Fermilab

570 megapixel Dark Energy Camera

The dark energy 570-Megapixel digital camera with 62 CCDs (charged-coupled devices).
Image credit Fermilab



The center of the globular star cluster 47 Tucanae

The center of the globular star cluster 47 Tucanae, 17,000 light years from Earth
Image credit Dark energy survey collaboration

The dark energy camera mounted on the Blanco telescope in Chile

The dark energy camera mounted on the Blanco telescope in Chile
Image credit Dark energy survey collaboration



This time-lapse consists of 6 percent of the images captured from January through October of 2010. For information on this international project, see http://www.darkenergysurvey.org/index.shtml

source Fermilab